Date: 7/8/96 at 8:35:17 From: Anonymous Subject: Teaching Percentages What is an easy way to explain percentages to a 5th grader?
Date: 7/10/96 at 23:47:45 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Teaching Percentages Hi there! Well, if the student has some experience with fractions, you can explain that the percentage sign is shorthand for a fraction with a denominator of 100. You will also want to draw on the student's familiarity with percentages in other guises -- like "percentage off" sales in stores and batting average analogies. You can also try the idea of a "pie" divided into 100 pieces. Fifth graders can also be introduced to statistics in the news. If you read "Mathematics Teacher," you'll often find that the "math in real life" spread includes statistical data that can be useful in the classroom. If you're looking for a class project for the fall, you might try using current events like the Olympics (see the recent Sports Illustrated for lots of silly statistics on U.S. Olympians) and the Presidential election race. If you are working with a small group or tutoring one student, you will have an even greater opportunity to interest your students by taking their interests into consideration. I hope this helps. Let us know how your teaching goes and if you have any other suggestions to pass on to other teachers and parents. -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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